Portsmouth woman committed 12 theft and drug crimes

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A SERIAL shoplifter who admitted committing a string of drug offences has been put under supervision.

Ria Clarke, 29, pleaded guilty to six thefts, five counts of possessing illegal drugs and one of committing the crimes while subject to a 12-month conditional discharge for another theft. The offences were committed between June 1 and November 12.

Clarke, of King Albert Street, Portsmouth, stole goods from a Co-op in Waterlooville on two separate occasions, clothes from New Look in Fareham and cheese and detergent worth £59.08 from a Co-op in Portsmouth.

She also fled a Southsea Co-op with cheese and detergents worth £150.38.

Clarke was caught in possession of 152 milligrams of class A cocaine, six class C diazepam tablets, 16 tablets of class C rug clonazepam and 47 milligrammes of class A diamorphine in Chichester on the same day.

She admitted possessing 11 tablets of class B dihydrocodeine in the town, also on the same day, and later failing to surrender to custody at Worthing Magistrates’ Court.

Clarke was put under supervision for six months by Portsmouth magistrates. The drugs are to be destroyed.